#15 The American

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anton Corbijn
Produced by George Clooney
Grant Heslov
Anne Carey
Jill Green
Ann Wingate
Written by Rowan Joffé
Story by Martin Booth (novel)
Starring George Clooney
Violante Placido
Thekla Reuten
Paolo Bonacelli
Irina Björklund
Music by Herbert Grönemeyer
Cinematography Martin Ruhe
Editing by Andrew Hulme
Distributed by Focus Features

People hated this movie.  Hated it.  We heard it first hand.  The night we saw  The American we sat next to a group of mature citizens that announced loudly, that what they were watching was–“horrible and pornographic” and then they (thankfully) proceeded to file out of the theater. 

I do not understand it.  Well, actually I do.  If  The American would have had non-stop action and corny one-liners, it would have been a hit.  Instead it was an intense character study and unfortunately the average moviegoers find that boring.

That’s a shame.  Because this a lovely piece of film.  It is definitely more European in style and mood–allowing the camera time to linger on scenery and taking its time with the small details. 

It is very quiet.  The dialogue is sparse and purposeful.  The silence is a key character in the story.  It is those moments of silence that we discover what it would be like for assassin–in real life–not in Hollywood version. 

From the opening sequence–which is surprising–and throughout I was invested in this man’s life.  George Clooney is the right actor to play this…he can emote more feelings with just a glance than most can with a monologue. 

I could feel his isolation and his paranoia–to the point that I did not trust anyone on screen and was jumping at shadows.  It reminds me that art can be made when all the frills are stripped and you are left with the basic essentials.

You know what I hate?  I hate that more people could not appreciate this film.  Maybe you can?

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About nediunedited

Who is nediunedited? A lover of cinema since the age of seven! All kinds–all genres. Films (TV and Books, too) have shaped my life–they were my escape, my inspiration and even my first role models. I do not rate my films in the traditional sense (no stars, grades, etc.)–instead I give you my opinion and my take on it–I do not give traditional plot summaries either, because I want you to go in clear–ready for your own experience. There is nothing better than discovering a fine film, without any other influence. (Personally, when I want to really see something I practice media shut out–I refuse to watch too many trailers, viral promos, reviews, etc–I have been known to cover my eyes and ears in the theater during trailers–LALALALA!) That’s me–hope you come by and visit! I will definitely make the rounds and find some of you out there, too.

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